Clive has been writing about beer since 1990, was twice principle speaker for the American Homebrew Association and continues to brew awesome gyles on historical principles.
Awesome 19th Century Gyles
Pale Ale played a pivotal role in the development of commercial brewing. As such it was the beer that defined the industrial revolution. It began the search for industrial, mechanised brewing. It was where modern brewing began. It gave us the discipline we now call biochemistry.
Scientific advances during the early 19th century revealed the folly of dark beer brewing. Business demanded optimisation, but for a short time around 1840 quality was still the number-one consideration. It was the moment in history when the very best beers were brewed – Pale Ale for the domestic market and IPA for the overseas Empire. Essentially the same beer but with a different destination.
Clive La Pensée set out to see if these super-pale beers could be recreated.
He describes what drove the charlatans and the honest brewers, how they prepared liquor, mashed, sparged, what hops they used and how much, how the yeast was pitched, fermentation and conditioning were carried out.
25 classic gyles are described in detail, with Imperial, US and metric units.
Critical notes are included. Everything is ready for you to step back in time and brew some awesome historic ales.
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